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Agent Carter declassified: the key facts about Marvel's 1940s spy caper - The Guardian (blog)

Peggy Carter is coming home (sort of). This weekend, Agent Carter, the Hayley Atwell-starring Marvel TV spinoff about the resourceful English rose who stole Captain America’s heart, belatedly makes its UK debut after screening in the US six months ago. It’s set in 1946, a year after Captain America: The First Avenger , but even in peacetime, Peggy is under pressure. She’s adjusting to single life in New York after being reposted to the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) and still grieving the loss of Cap after he “died” heroically ditching a Hydra megabomber into the freezing North Atlantic. Can Peggy get things back on track? Here’s what you need to know about the show.

No powers, no problem

The Marvel universe is crammed with characters who have superpowers or uncanny abilities of some kind. Even SHIELD company man Agent Coulson came back from the dead. But Peggy hasn’t been exposed to or bitten by anything radioactive – she is just a smart, capable woman who has to rely on her wit and will, rather than a flying suit of cyber-armou r (although she does seem reasonably proficient in judo). It makes Peggy a relatable lead who is exceptionally easy to root for, which is helped enormously by Atwell’s charming, subtly layered performance. Her only armour is a necessarily no-nonsense attitude and Keep Calm resilience, which can’t quite obscure her grief.

Sexism can be as bad as any supervillain

The SSR, a sort of proto-SHIELD, are supposed to be the good guys. But Peggy’s work colleagues are almost universally boorish and sexist – notably former One Tree Hill hunk Chad Michael Murray as a vain, vindictive agent who implies she is a hussy exploiting her past relationship with national hero Captain America to advance her career. The SSR are unwilling to put Carter in charge of anything other than making coffee. So when they accuse playboy industrialist Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper)...

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  • Agent Carter declassified: the key facts about Marvel's 1940s spy caper

    07/10/15 ,via The Guardian (blog)

    It's late-1940s New York: that means curvy cars, and everybody wears hats. The period setting makes Agent Carter feel like a genuine departure from the antiseptic blue-grey palette of Agents of SHIELD's techno-offices and the permanent Hell's Kitchen

  • Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-TV Composer, Dies at 100 | Variety

    07/20/15 ,via Variety

    Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and '60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

  • Cedar Rapids dominated prep baseball in the 1940s | TheGazette

    Bats were wooden, gloves resembled small pillows and players didn't have cars, camps and cable television to compete for their attention. The late 1940s, unquestionably, were the glory days of high school baseball in town. In fact, it was a time Cedar

  • TV Academy FIDM Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit | Variety

    07/19/15 ,via Variety

    And, after detailing how she fashioned a coat with 1940s vintage monkey fur and adhered real croc pieces to a dress, she agreed that the new categories are “more fair” to modern but deserving work. “I've got to tell you, contemporary stuff, it's hard

  • 10-person group to perform radio programs to mark Pleasant Hills Library's 70 ...

    07/19/15 ,via Tribune-Review

    On Tuesday in the library, the Pleasant Players will perform two half-hour episodes from two comedies: “My Friend Irma” and “Life of Riley,” which were popular in the 1940s and 1950s. “My Friend Irma,” which was converted to TV, focuses on two friends


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  • Hollywood

    Taylor & Francis. 2015. ISBN: 0415281326,9780415281324. 393 pages.
  • United Kingdom Television Actor, 1940s Birth Introduction: Anthony Andrews, Stephen Yardley, Christopher Blake, Gwyneth Powell, Brian Capron

    Books LLC. 2010. ISBN: 1155406664,9781155406664. 166 pages.

    Chapters: Anthony Andrews, Stephen Yardley, Christopher Blake, Gwyneth Powell, Brian Capron, Oscar James, Jeffrey Holland, Michael Craze, Gabrielle Drake, Peter Egan, Peter Benson, Norman Eshley, Robin Nedwell, Bernard Wrigley, Mike Grady, Michael Keating, Tom Chadbon, Alan David, Neville Buswell, Nicola Pagett, Paul Young, Clive Merrison, William Simons, Jenny Logan, Nicholas Ball, Susan Jameson, Elizabeth Estensen, Miles Anderson, Robin Ellis, Harry Fielder, Dilys Watling, Shirley Stelfox,...

  • American Television Actor, 1940s Birth Introduction

    Books LLC, Wiki Series. 2011. ISBN: 1157058639,9781157058632. 410 pages.

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 45. Chapters: Conchata Ferrell, Ben Murphy, Dack Rambo, Jennifer Salt, John Beasley, Gigi Perreau, Daniel J. Travanti, J. G. Hertzler, Anne Schedeen, Mike Evans, Richard Riehle, Trish Van Devere, Soon-Tek Oh, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Karen Valentine, Veleka Gray, John Doman, Alexandra Isles, Jay Johnson, Barry Jenner, Steve Kanaly, Patrika Darbo, Stephen...


  • WDBJ reporter, cameraman killed on live TV; The restaurant Katrina couldn't keep down

    08/26/15 ,via CBS News

    August 26, 2015, 6:30 PM |Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Virginia station WDBJ-TV were gunned down on live television Wednesday morning; Dooky Chase has been a family-owned restaurant in New Orleans since the 1940s. GO

  • TV review: 'Public Morals' benefits from wealth of characters

    08/25/15 ,via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Give TNT credit: It keeps presenting the best cop shows on TV. Too bad viewers, especially the young viewers ... “Southland” survived a few seasons, buoyed only by critical praise, but 1940s-set “Mob City” lasted just one season in late 2013 ...

  • 10 pet pups in TV and film in honor of National Dog Day

    08/26/15 ,via New York Daily News

    The pet pup would always deadpan the TV psychiatrist, whom he rarely ever got along with. The long-haired Collie was a mainstay in households in the 1940s, and experienced a rebirth in a multitude of remakes over the years. The brave and intuitive Lassie ...

  • Misty Copeland Makes Her Broadway Debut in ‘On the Town’

    08/26/15 ,via New York Times

    During curtain calls, Robin Roberts, the television broadcaster, presented her with flowers. And Ms. Copeland was worthy of the scene: Her Ivy was terrific. She also may want to consider wearing the musical’s 1940s-style clothing in her everyday life.

  • Two Davids and a Portia - TV Originals

    08/25/15 ,via The Huffington Post

    An exceptional TV show these days is David Steinberg's Inside Comedy series ... He's the narrator who comments and guides viewers through the mayhem. In the 1940s it's an incredulous Cary Grant. The fulcrum role here falls to Jay Harrington who projects ...



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Television in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Timeline Television - From Black and White to Color

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